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Amelia Island Then and Now
by Rob Hicks
Paperback

$21.99


After seeing its golden age in the 1800s and early 1900s, Amelia Island slipped into a calm and quiet slumber for most of the 20th century; nevertheless, the local paper mills provided an important economic base that brought people and jobs to the area. It did not take long for people to discover the majestic beaches of the island, and growth followed. Companies specializing in resort development soon arrived, and the island became a popular vacation destination. Throughout that transformation, local residents worked hard to keep the small-town feel, natural surroundings, and historic relevance intact.

 

Dreams of Amelia (12/2012)
by Louise Jacques
Paperback

$14.95

Love-at-first-sight sparks memories of a past love, blindsiding 17-year-old Norah James after her move to Amelia Island, FL, from Toronto, Canada. Meeting Ryan Flynn, her rescuer from an ocean riptide—and the boyfriend of her new friend Ashley—unleashes her psychic abilities and prompts memories of a past life on the enchanting island. Norah’s nemesis from that life has also returned as Ashley’s brother, Elliot. An earthbound spirit, an ominous hurricane, and a missing child add to the complications of Norah and Ryan’s blossoming romance. Ultimately, Elliot’s violent actions lead to a life-threatening confrontation. Will the knowledge of the past lead to a different outcome this time around?

 

 

Amelia Island- Fernandina Beach, Florida – A Visual Ecstasy
by Elizabeth Wilkes
Paperback

$12.50

Amelia Island- Fernandina Beach, Florida – A Visual Ecstasy shows the history, diversity and beauty of the most North East barrier island in Florida.

Elizabeth and Clyde Wilkes live in Fernandina Beach and have a photography business there.

Other publications that are already in print are: “Cumberland Island Adventure”, “Jekyll Island – Visual Tour”, “The Minnesota North Shore: Where Minnesota and Lake Superior Meet” and “Key West - A Virtual Tour”.

 

 

Fernandina's Finest Easter - A CAPTAIN Wilson Mystery
by Cara Curtin
Paperback

$14.95

Sue Nell Borden, who has moved back from Atlanta after her finance's tragic death, finds a puppy on her porch one Easter morning - but little does she know that her cute retriever is a very remarkable canine. When the local veterinarian discovers the pup's amazing secret, he realizes it's going to take both him and the dog, as well as some sleuthing by "Fernandina's Finest" to save Sue Nell from a mystifying web or danger.

 

 

 

City Sidebar: The Book
by Cara Curtin
Paperback

$13.95

For the first time, humor writer Cara Curtin has collected her favorites from the 200 "City Sidebar" columns she has written for the News-Leader. Laugh along with Cara as she shares her irreverent look at life in the island paradise of Fernandina Beach, Florida. Readers praise her ability to "unmask the extraordinary lurking behind the ordinary" and to catch the mood of the city: "She is a treasure!"

 

 

The Pelican of Fernandina- A CAPTAIN Wilson Mystery
by Cara Curtin
Paperback

$14.95

CAPTAIN WILSON finds himself in real trouble this time, when an old enemy with an old grudge comes gunning for him, and Wilson is stuck with a trumped-up murder charge. With his career crumbling, his marriage lurches onto rocky ground. And in the midst of all his troubles, the captain is forced to wonder why an enigmatic pelican has come to roost on his lawn. While Wilson is distracted, it's up to Chief Evans and the rest of the FBPD to figure out what's going on in a house full of strangers on Ash Street. Could it be that a plot against national security is being hatched right here? Karen Millen, the newest member of the local team, uses her federal agency connections to help Al Newman, Jon Stewart and the others save the island from enemies both foreign and domestic. Come join the Fernandina crew again as they deal with family life, a big celebration in Old Town, and characters like Shorty Livingstone adding surprise twists. Meanwhile, the detectives stalk the bad guys through this Victorian seaport, a famous African-American beach, and an antebellum fort - to an explosive finale involving 21st-century national defense.

 

 

The Books Plus ADDRESS BOOK
with Scenes from in and around Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach
by Roger Moore, Photographer
Hardcover

$10.95

This address book (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") with a wonderful collection of local photographs by Roger Moore is not only a beautiful but a very useful gift. Actually, it is so pretty you might want to keep one for yourself.

 

 

 

Sketches of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach
by Jan Johannes & William Maurer
Hardcover

$39.95

"Now retired as an architect, Bill Maurer the artist has created this book using watercolor and pencil sketches to catalogue a part of the history of this time and a previous era on northeast Florida's Amelia Island. With his cosmopolitan ethos he describes Amelia Island as a little paradise with subject matter everywhere - historic houses, marshes, wild landscapes, marine subjects , and inland waterway. In the remarkable images in this book, Bill Maurer expresses in a quiet way his inner emotions and his love of these subjects."
H.Neal Coleman, Amelia Island, FL



 

Tidewater Amelia
by Jan Johannes
Hardcover

$49.99

Jan Johannes's photographs remind us that the historic homes of the Tidewater continue to radiate the living, growing, and changing. This collection of photos offer insights into homes not as museums or archeological sites, but as testimony of the eloquence of the era in which they grew, extolling the virtues of the Southern experience. They also remind us that without a record of these vestiges of our past, we face the new century without a map of where we came from and a context for who we are.



 

Recipes from AMELIA NOW
by Helen Gordon Litrico
Hardcover

$17.95

A wonderful collection of recipes compiled by Helen Gordon Litrico. AMELIA NOW, the quarterly magazine of Amelia Island, Florida, came into being in the summer of 1975. Helen introduced recipes into the format with the fall 1977 issue and the response was quite favorable. 1992 was the first printing of this collection. "Recipes from AMELIA NOW" is in its third printing.



 

Centre St. Cookery
Paperback

$15.95

In 1978 the Magnolia Garden Club of Fernandina Beach, FL decided to get together and publish a collection of the favorite recipes of cooks from Historic Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. The publication got so popular with the locals and tourists that it now is in its seventh printing.



 

Amelia's Secret
by Maggie Carter-de Vries

$19.95 (Paperback)

 

The Golden Era of Amelia Island brings not only carpetbaggers but also beauty in the form of Katie Eppes; bride of the towns dashing young conductor of the Florida Peninsular Railroad, Thomas Jefferson's great-great grand son, T. J. Eppes.

Not one to conform to the strict rules of society Katie soon sets the town on it's heels as she goes about unchaperoned while T. J. is out of town on business attending parties, dances and drives which lead to a most dire end. This historical non-fiction is the first in a trilogy by author Maggie Carter de Vries with the second in the sequel will be titled "Amelia Island's Golden Years, Silver Tears".



 

Amelia Island's Golden Years, Silver Tears
by Maggie Carter-de Vries

$19.95 (Paperback)

The Story takes up where "Amelia's Secrets" left off; after the murder trial held in Jacksonville, Florida where the accused, great-great-grandson of President Thomas Jefferson, T. J. Eppes murderer of one of his best friends and father of six children walks out of the courtroom a free man.

He returns to Amelia Island there to carry on life as usual with his beautiful young bride Katie, expecting their first child, only to find life for her to be a daily trial by a jury of her peers; an impossible situation in the end.
Our protagonist John Whitner describes in detail not only their
lives culminating in the great hurricane of 1898, which nearly
devistates the island but through the lives of the Carnegies of Cumberland Island, Mrs. Leddy owner and operator of the Florida House Hotel and her only child Grace from age eight through her progression to adulthood, marriage, babies and widowhood at the young age of twenty one.
John, himself reveals his journey though all this, his relationship with Pauline; its ups and downs, a new woman in his life (or women) as well as his passion for photography in the many places he visits, Jekyll Island, Charleston S.C. during the earthquake and Chicago's World's Fair of 1893.

 

 

Ghosts Of Amelia & Other Tales
by Maggie Carter-de Vries
Paperback

$16.00

Residents and visitors alike are charmed by the beauty and serene attractions of our little island of Amelia. The wide sandy beaches, white capped waves rolling and lapping upon the shores lure us to swim, surf, hunt sea shells and sharks teeth, build sand castles and lather on suntan lotion as we bronze away the lazy days of summer at the beach or stroll historic Centre Street, while licking feverishly at ice creams melting and dripping down our hands onto the sidewalks.
While least known among this tranquility drift the restless spirits of those once walked on these streets, lived in these beautiful old homes in an era of refined gentility, and died too soon or in ways unnatural. Whether you are a believer or not, it my intention to pass these stories on to you as told to me, not as a historical exercise but as one does in passing on legends.
Therefore, sit back, relax and enjoy maybe you too will become a believer in
the end.  



 

Fernandina's Lost Island
by David Tuttle
Paperback

$12.95

Once again the Lieutenant Wilson Mystery Series has the investigator and his group of crack detectives on the trail of a murderer, or is it two murderers? Fernandina Beach is too quiet of a resort to have the brutal murder of a beautiful woman, only to be found on a hot July morning at Fort San Carlos....



 

The Leopard of Fernandina
by David Tuttle
Paperback

$11.99

In this sequel of Murder in Fernandina Lt. Wilson continues to investigate the questions that were raised previously. The Leopard of Fernandina is written by David Tuttle. Read this story, then revisit the historic sites and recollect the action.



 

Murder in Fernandina
Paperback

$11.99

Amelia Clinch is the pen name of the Nassau County Writers and Poets Society. The group got together, under the lead of David Tuttle, to write this Murder Mystery based in Fernandina Beach, Florida.



 

Pirates, Gamblers and Scalawags
by David Tuttle
Paperback

$9.99

Tales from Amelia Island pass through these pages beginning with the time that French and Spanish influences permeated this idyllic barrier island.
David Tuttle uses his knowledge of a special place to create this diverse collection of stories in and around Fernandina Beach. He takes his readers to explore a few other locales and uncanny occurrences, from the American Northwest to a World War II spy adventure.



 

Tales of the Timucua on Amelia Island
by Warren Hard
Paperback

$12.95

A tender note runs through this sensitively written book of stories reflecting the author's understanding of history. Warren Hard cites the widely varying views and practices of differing peoples, played out for centuries on Amelia Island. But this attention is devoted to one group of islanders - the Timucua - Amelia's discoverers, whose cycle of life was attuned to the island's rhythm and resources.



 

Yesterday's Reflections II - Nassau County, Florida
by Jan Johannes
Hardcover

$39.95

Jan Johannes brings more than a quarter of a century of passion, scholarship and devotions to recreating the rich tapestry of Nassau County's History. Do not miss the opportunity and join this exceptional journey through time.



 

Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach
by Ron Kurtz and Roger Moore

Paperback

$14.95

Roger Moore (Photographs Naturally, Inc) and Ron Kurtz (The Amelia Island Museum of History) get together to create this book tour of our island. The book is filled with stunning photographs and lots of history of our area.

 

 

 

Arfie Plays Pirates on Amelia Island
by Ron Kurtz and Roger More
Hardcover

$17.95

Roger Moore, Ron Kurtz together with Chris Hamilton and Robin Benoit get together to tell the story of Arfie playing pirates with his friends on Amelia Island.. This is the third of the popular Arfie children's book series.



 

Arfie Finds a Job
by Ron Kurtz and Roger More
Hardcover

$16.95

Roger Moore, Ron Kurtz together with Chris Hamilton and Robin Benoit get together to tell the story of Arfie looking for a Job. This is the second of the popular Arfie children's book series.



 

Isle Of You
by Calvin Atwood
Paperback

$12.95

Very simply stated, the poems in The Isle of You are love poems, mostly love for his wife and love for his family, and for the Marine Corps, for the men with whom he fought in WWII, and a love, a constant and relentless love of life and living.
Those who have heard Calvin Atwood speak at public ceremonies know that his love and respect is not only for those who served as Marines, but for every man or woman who ever served in a uniform for the United States of America.



 

Adventures on Amelia Island
by Jane R. Wood
Paperback

$8.99

The Johnson family spends a fun-filled week on Amelia Island during the annual Isle of Eight-Flags Shrimp Festival. Five-year-old Katy learns about a real princess who once lived near there, and meets a mysterious pirate - is he real or imagined? Nine-year-old Bobby searches for buried treasure that legend says is still hidden on the island.



 

Voices in St. Augustine
by Jane R. Wood
Paperback

$8.99

Thirteen-year-old Joey Johnson has a problem. He hears voices. Only he can't find the people who belong to them. His curiosity leads him on a quest where he learns more than just some history about "the nation's oldest city." He discovers that he has a special connection to the past - something that changes his life forever.



 

Boomer - The Carriage Horse
by Yvonne Zaleski
Pamphlet

$12.00

"Boomer, what a wonderful story. You take a loving grandmother, mother and animal lover and big lovable horse named Boomer and you have the makings of a wonderful children's book. ...Zaleski's book is about a gentle giant, but offers good lessons for children. ...This book is filled with colorful photographs taken by Nancy Noble and shows Boomer on the job and at home...."
Dickie Anderson, Amelia Island, FL



 

The Shrinking Sands of an African American Beach
by Annette Myers
Paperback

$17.95

Second Edition, Annette Myers has woven a riveting and fascinating account of the history, dating back 70-plus years of American Beach - a special coastal enclave, eyed as a source of redevelopment by scheming, greedy entrepreneurs.



 

The Big Sand Dune and the Beach Lady
by Annette Myers
Paperback

$12.95

"FINALIST" Indie Excellence book award

"Reading is the key to learning and understanding"

This book is designed to encourage reading among the school age children and others to learn more about local, state and national history.

 

 
     

The Savannah Project

by Cuck Barrett

Paperback

$14.95


"An intense, heart-pounding St. Patrick's Day thriller!"
An NTSB investigator is called to Savannah to investigate what appears to be a routine aircraft accident during the St. Patrick's Day celebration. Ensuing suspicions of sabotage launch a deadly chain of events. He must elude an assassin if he is to expose the cause of the crash. Secrets surface that could bring down governments and the search for the truth draws him to Ireland and a race against the clock before the killer strikes again.



 

The Toymaker (2/18/12)

by Cuck Barrett

Paperback

$14.95

Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker.
Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind. But now, with no one to trust but himself, can Jake stop the terrorist from destroying what is most precious to the free world?
Unfortunately, more trouble comes his way as a killer from his past threatens something more important to Jake than his own life, leaving him to make the hardest decision any man ever has to make— Who to sacrifice.

 

 

Breach of Power (4/2013)

by Cuck Barrett

Paperback

$14.95

A hiker finds a journal deep inside a glacier that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal.

Something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.

Jake Pendleton is summoned to the White House and instructed to locate and acquire the book. He soon realizes there are others on a quest to find the book.

Others who will kill to get to it first.

 

 

The Flying Dutchmen

by Andrew B. Suhrer

Paperback

$24.95

Whether you are a Civil War buff or a fan of dramatic historical Fiction, The Flying Dutchmen will keep you enthralled.
Thoroughly researched, yet told with humor and emotion, The Flying Dutchmen is the story of Fernando Suhrer, who though betrothed to the lovely Eva Plotts, reluctantly enlisted in the ill-fated 107th Regiment of Ohio Infantry.
Scorned as cowards by the rest of the Army and the public, the Dutchmen of the Eleventh Corps fought heroically against impossible odds, suffering tremendous casualties.
The Flying Dutchmen is as much of a story of love, separation, friendship and tragedy as it is a history of unsung heroes of the war.
"Surreal, stunning, heart warming and magnificent."
"The Flying Dutchmen takes no time in whisking the reader on an adventure that will leave you wanting more."

 

 

 

The Golden Age of Amelia Island

by Suzanne Davis Hardee/ Kathleen Davis Hardee Arsenault

Hardback

$17.95


In the third book, I attempt to show the reader how the Golden Age of Amelia Island sprouted, budded, and blossomed from Reconstruction years through time of reconciliation and prosperity. I have tried to broaden my writing on the Golden Age into more than a glimpse.

The Golden Age is only a part of the history of Amelia Island. It is hoped that in the near future the other eras of the island's remarkeble history will one day be written by local historians and published by the Museum; in particular, that of African American history on Amelia Island.

Suzanne D. Hardee

 

 

Images of America Amelia Island

by Rob Hicks (in association with the Amelia Island Museum of History)

Paperback

$21.99

 

Tiny Amelia Island, in the northeast corner of Florida, was once among the most important ports in the western hemisphere. Before Florida was granted statehood, the island served as an international gateway between Spanish Florida and the English colonies that would later become the United States. Where Spanish monks and pirates once roamed, the island eventually developed into a significant seaport that exported the rich resources of Florida’s interior in the late 1800s. This era was known as the Golden Age of Amelia Island and the town located on its north end, Fernandina. The railroad that connected Amelia Island to the Gulf Coast was largely responsible for the Golden Age, as it brought a burgeoning economy and many of the South’s most prominent and wealthy figures. Today the island is best known as a resort community but retains the influence and charm of its remarkable past.

 

 

The Tidal Heart other Poems

by Nola Perez

Paperback

$12.95

Prizewinning poet and writer, Nola Perez, offers a new collection of provocative poems in "The Tidal Heart and Other Poems" - her 12th book of poetry. These poems are rich with swift, surprising associations and sure final lines. The poet's past, intuited through a range of precise images, always turns into meaningful present awareness, and often into redemption that will inspire her readers. If you are looking to poetry for a fresh expression of loss, grief, and renewal, you will love this book.


 

The Treasure of Malaga Cove(11/2012)

by John Gillgren

Paperback

$14.95

Join Sir Francis Drake on his flag ship the Golden Hind in 1577 as he searches for a shorter route to Asia. On his dangerous journey around the tip of South America and up the west coast of the Americas, his crew faces violent storms at sea and battles with Spanish and Portuguese Men-O-War. Finally, Drake must deal with a mutiny on his own flag ship.

Four hundred years later, Carmine Cali is learning to dive off the coast of southern California when his partner Nelson Bartlett swears he sees a skull hidden in the grasses off Malaga Cove. Another dive that day reveals nothing. Carmine spends the next 39 years trying to confirm that the skulls exists. Follow Carmine, his wife Elaine, and their children Snail, Carmen and Caroline in their diving adventures and search for the enigmatic skull.


 

The Treasure of Cheng Shih (4/2013)

by John Gillgren

Paperback

$14.95

In the early 1800‘s, America had rid itself of pirates but in Asia this was not the case. Cheng Shih was a powerful female pirate with over 80,000 men and 1,800 Chinese junks at her command. She stole everything from jewels to people to opium. In 1844, Madam Cheng and her husband designed a secret plan to move her fortune from China to Hawaii for safe keeping until she arrived. Unknown to her, the Chinese Navy along with a rival pirate family were plotting to intercept the junks carrying the treasure. But the forces of nature intervened and the treasure was lost.

Many years later, Mr. Chang from Hawaii, a distant relative of Madam Cheng, came to California to visit the Cali family seeking their assistance in locating Cheng’s lost treasure. Chang had heard of the Cali’s success in discovering a portion of Sir Francis Drake’s treasure in Malaga Cove. As events would unfold, the Cali family found themselves in a dangerous predicament forcing Snail to risk his life to rescue them. Mr. Chang proved to be as ruthless and cunning as his distant relative. Much to the Calis’ surprise, the treasure was not gold or jewels as they expected, but something far more sinister and deadly.


 

Body Toll
by Bruce Thomason
Paperback

$17.95

Action-packed Cop Thriller - set in the oceanfront community of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. In a city known for its beautiful white sands and vibrant downtown, a vicious murderer is on the prowl for his next victim. As the body toll rises, Detective Sergeant Clay Randall and his team work around the clock to catch the elusive killer before he strikes again. The author has created a fast-paced tale of murder and mayhem that gives the reader an intimate glimpse into the mind of a serial killer. Climb into the police car, strap on your seatbelt, and get ready for a rollercoaster ride guaranteed to leave you breathless as you witness a classic battle between good and evil.

 

 

The Six O'Clock Rule
by Bruce Thomason

Paperback

$17.95

A midnight shootout on the beach starts the action off with a bang in this explosive story of illicit drugs and bizarre multiple murders. As Detective Clay Randall and his team begin to unravel clues, two names keep popping up: rogue ex-cop Roy Connor, and his high profile boss, defense attorney Tony Savoy.
Filled with plot twists and double-dealings, the investigation takes an unexpected turn as the trail leads inside police headquarters. The Six O’clock Rule, an intensely powerful follow-up to Body Toll, puts friendship to the ultimate test as the lines between right and wrong become blurred.

 

 

The Ocean under the Moon
by Tony Stubits

Paperback

$16.95

What if the American Dream is a lie? All of his life, Nick Tamos has been told if he works hard enough, good things will Happen. But what happens when hard work is not enough? With globalization, a poor economy, and other factors out of Nick’s control, he still can’t make ends meet. When his child becomes ill, the bills continue to mount up. What is Nick going to do? Follow Nick’s journey through life, a life that is like the ocean under the moon; beautiful on the surface, but there are many hazards underneath.

 

 

Highway of Horror

by Lieutenant Bill Leeper

Paperback

$14.95

A Collection of Memories, Stories, Pictures and Traffic Safety Tips designed to help keep you Safe on the road!

 

 

 

 

Splendid Isolation

by Pamela Bauer Mueller

Paperback

$18.00

AN HISTORICAL NOVEL Untamed, and virtually unchanged since its discovery in 1733 by General James Oglethorpe, Jekyll Island s history unfolds with the excitement and suspense of a fairy tale. Because so many of the world s greatest minds and bank accounts gathered together in virtual isolation for three months each year, history was made on Jekyll Island. A group of tycoons with surnames such as Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, Baker and others formed their exclusive Millionaires Club on this island hideaway the richest and most inaccessible club of that time. Between 1888 and 1942, Jekyll Island was open only to Club members families and their guests for hunting, relaxing and playing in luxurious ease. In this sweeping historical saga, you will discover the Millionaires joys, tribulations, and deeply guarded secrets told through the unique voices of four Club employees. In this true story of the island getaway that offered them sovereignty, discover how the decisions of these powerful men changed the face of world finances, business and politics as they built modern America.

 

 

 

 

Hold on to your Panties and have Fun

by Emily Joanne Hoover

Paperback

$14.95

Hold on to your panties and bra as you read interesting, and incredibly funny, and outrageous true life adventures. Emily will have you LAUGHING OUT LOUD as you are inspired by her whimsical wit and wisdom. Could this published author be Dave Barry's bad ass aunt or Celia Rivenbark's cousin or Joan River's younger sister? In each capsulizing chapter read about- Fun with Underwear, Septic Tanks, and Funerals . . . Fun with Wild, Wacky Wonderful Women . . . Fun with Dr. Up Yours, Dr. 4 Eyes, and Dr. Spread Yours . . . Fun with Dieting, Dating, and Dog show . . . Fun with Sex, Show Biz, and Shoes . . . Fun with Chelsea Handler and Ernest Hemingway . . . Fun with Recipes and Smoke Alarms . . . Fun in Small Towns Here and Abroad . . . Fun being bad at Bridge and a lot more stuff as she entertains you . . .

 

 

 

Turtle Egg

by G.W. Reynolds III

Paperback

$14.95

This is the 13th book of the "Jetty Man" series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
   
   
   
           
               
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